Airports from & to Rome, Rome
For all of you travelling to Rome by air, getting to and from Fiumicino airport (also known as the Leonardo Da Vinci Airport) is simple.
There is a train that travels direct (without stopping) to Termini Station, which is the connecting point for most trains, but also for both the Metro Lines - Line A and Line B.
If you are going from the centre out to the airport, you will find Termini on any Metro map.....it is very easy to find.
We used a taxi to get from the airport into rome, but used the train on the way home. It did seem a little expensive, but when you consider your other options i.e. Taxi, Bike or walk, i guess it's not to bad really.
A one way ticket from Termini to Fiumicino cost 9 Euros and 50 Cents each, a total of 19 Euros.
The trains are comfy enough, and the plus point is that you get to see the outskirts of Rome, which you might not otherwise have seen.
Every half hour there is a non stop train between the Fiumicino International Airport (also know as Leonardo da Vinci Airport) and the city. This line is called the Leonardo da Vinci Express. It travels to the Termini Station. In front of this station many busses leave for other areas in the city. The metro also travels from here.
The train ride will take about 30 minutes for the 33 kilometer the airport is located from Rome.
It costed us (in january 2004) 9,50 Euro per person, one way trip.
But a taxi to the city centre will cost approx 45 Euro.
A taxi to the center of Rome has been known to run about $100 Euro's with traffic....forget that and jump on the train to Termini Station if you fly in Leo Da Vinci's airport (the main international airport in Rome) where you could transfer to the metro, or catch a bus or even get a long distance train to other parts of Italy, make sure to validate your ticket if not you risk a big fine. And unfortunately be aware of pickpockets....they work in teams and target this train from the airport specifically !!!!! The round trip cost 15 Euro's and trains run every 15 minutes.
The trains run non stop between Fiumicino Airport & Roma Termini railway station providing some 24000 seats per day. The train has large spaces for the luggage & the carriages are air conditioned. Trains run from approx 6 am to 23 pm daily. They leave the airport at 5 mins & 35 mins past the hour. They leave platform 25 at Termini at 22 mins & 52 mins past the hour. Journey time is just over 30 mins.
It can be quite crowded as you board the train & steps up to the carriage quite steep. A friendly stranger who's already boarded may take your luggage & lift it on to the train for you. Once you've boarded the same friendly stranger will demand some Euros as payment & become agressive if you don't pay.
One way tickets cost 11 Euros and can be bought at self service machines at the airport & railway station. These machines have instructions in various languages & take Euros or credit cards. Remember to validate the ticket by getting it stamped in one of the many yellow machines found on the platform.
Leonardo da Vinci International Airport (Fiumicino) is the main Roman airport and is about 29 kilometers (18 miles) by road from Rome. Taxis are expensive and the bus takes forever. There is a better way. The direct train! It is called the LEONARDO EXPRESS and it leaves every 30 minutes from the Airport. Non-stop and a gentle 35 minute ride straight to Termini Train Station. Termini is the central train AND metro station. It just could not be easier! It leaves and arrives at gates 28/29 (pictured) in Termini.
There is no need to pre-book the journey from the airport! Just claim your bags at your terminal and follow the signs for the train. Tickets are on sale before you board. Easy.
At Termini: Allow a good 10 minutes to walk to gate 28/29. It is on the far right hand side and a very long walk to get there.
Also, you can look at Trenitalia’s website for connecting trains to other great Itaian cities:
There are many ways of getting to central Rome from Fiumicino or Ciampino airports: it all depends on your budget, what time of day you leave/arrive, how much luggage you have and any mobility issues you need to contend with. Both airports are some distance out of the city so taxi is your most expensive option and buses are the best for the budget-conscious. Trains fall somewhere in the middle.
We took a shared van on our first trip and while we were lucky enough to be the first dropped off at our hotel, we could well have ended up being the last: not what you want if you're ready to hit the ground running. On trip #2, we grabbed one of the shuttle buses from airport to Termini and walked from there to our hotel nearby. I really like the express buses as they're idiot-proof: no figuring out train tickets when jet-lagged; they're cheap; luggage is securely stored in the hold underneath; they're air-conditioned and comfortable; many are privately owned so city transport strikes do not affect them; you get a nice little visual tour on your way into the city. Sure, they take a bit longer than the Leonardo Express but not enough to matter much to me. I took the bus shot above in Milan but it's similar to those in Rome.
I can't speak for Ciampino but the kiosks selling bus tickets are in the exit hall directly off the luggage carousels at Fiumicino: just walk up, hand over your euros and they'll tell you which bus stand to go to and what time the next one is leaving. There are signs everywhere; can't miss 'em. Some buses even allow you to pay the driver directly in lieu of buying a ticket. The one caution here is that express buses don't run 24/7 and while advance reservations aren't usually necessary going into Rome, I would reserve a seat if going TO the airports to catch an international flight, or take one earlier than you might otherwise need to. Some of them are very busy, fill very quickly, and people with reservations are accommodated first. Heavy traffic may also affect the amount of time it takes to get from point A to B.
The list of transport options to/from either airport can be found here:
http://www.adr.it/ciampino (Italian only)
And a few quick links:
• Terravision bus: to/from Fiumicino or Ciampino airports to Termini:
• Cotral, Sitbus (our choice) and a couple other lines also handle transfers to/from Fiumicino, Ciampino to either Termini or other stations in Rome:
• Leonardo Express train to/from Fiumicino to Termini:
This service is guaranteed in the event of a Trenitalia strike: buses will be substituted if necessary.
• FR1 trains to/from Fiumicino from Trastevere and other points around Rome:
Service on these trains is not guaranteed in the event of a regional or national strike
It was the first time I booked a flight with Ryanair. It was supposed to leave at 10.10am on a cold and snowy Tuesday morning. After waiting an hour. It was announced that the flight is cancelled due to some technical problems. The next one was at 7.50pm. So we changed the reservation on the evening plan as well as the flight back. The worst was that we had to kill many many hours on a small airport (Hahn, for me just in the middle of nowhere) where there is nothing to do ....
The airport shuttles are run by two bus companies which take you from Ciampino to Via Marsala beside Termini station.
The Terravision bus costs 7euro each way or 12euro return
The SIT bus costs 6euro each way (I think it is 10euro return).
Get on the bus if you are at the stop - don't put your bag on and hang around having a smoke - the bus driver might just leave without you!! We watched as five tourists had to unload their bags because they hadn't boarded quickly enough and the bus driver was leaving a few minutes late.
We flew to Rome’s Fiumicino Airport with British Airways from Heathrow's rather good Terminal 5. There is little to say about the flight, which was uneventful and smooth apart from the landing, when the pilot seemed to be surprised to find land suddenly under the wheels! We had complementary breakfast service (not a given on short haul European flights these days, even with non-budget airlines) and the carry-on luggage allowance was more than adequate so we were happy with our decision to fly BA.
When we landed we had to take the shuttle from our terminal to the main arrivals area, but as this runs very frequently it was not much of a hassle. We headed for the well-signposted station where we bought our tickets from a machine (instructions available in English and pretty easy to follow). We opted to take the Leonardo da Vinci express train to Termini – not the cheapest option for reaching the city centre at €14 per person, but the fastest, and as we were only here for an afternoon and evening, speed mattered! Once at Termini we were just a two block walk from our hotel, the Contilia. It had been a smooth and reasonably pleasant journey.
I just went to Rome at the end of May and took the shuttle bus to Termini from Fiumicino. It costs 8 euros and makes 2 stops - Piazza Cavour, then Termini. The stop is just outside the airport, across from the car waiting area. I think the company is called SIT Bus (I lost my ticket stub, so I can't confirm):
We arrived at Fiumicino at about 7:30am on a Sunday, so the traffic was pretty light and it only took us about 30 minutes to get to Termini. I think on regular days, the trip is supposed to take at least 1 hour ride. If time is very important, you might want to take the Leonardo express.
Best way to city centre from Fiumicino Airport. 30 minute journey, and trains run every 30 minutes. €11 one way for an adult (Dec 07). At the city end its Termini station.
At the airport station most people queue at the ticket desk or queue to tackle the automatic machines. We found that the newsagent 2 shops along from the Trenitalia desk also sells train tickets - same price and no queue!
Its called an express train, but it ain't quick! That just means its non stop, but slow!
Remember to validate your ticket before you board - yelllow machines beside the platform
There are numerous options to get to the city centre. If you don't want to bother with buses, trains, subways and taxi drivers that may well take more of your money than is necessary, you can opt to pre-arrange for a private transport service to pick you up. We flew Sterling to Ciampino from Oslo. The airline said a taxi would cost 50 EUR, but it really can range from 35-75. There are two transport companies that i've found who charge a more normal rate to pick you up and safely transport you to your hotel.
35 EUR for 3 people with bags
Tel: +39 348 5141804 (Charlotta)
45 EUR 2 people with bags
Via Garigliano, 66 00198 Rome
Tel +39 339.3525028 - Fax +39 06.85303426
Ok! To you seasoned travelers that know it all this may seem obvious, but to the newcomer it can be a tough lesion. Taxi v Train into Rome. When you have jumped on a plane in Australia and your heading to Europe for the first time the excitement can be too much. Well by the time you have arrived and had one stop over and you are looking at 30 hours of free alcohol….well….. you can’t be blamed if you make a bad decision.
Do not! arrive at the airport just jump into a cab… the airports are not as close to the city. Look for the train station at the airport find what looks like a ATM but is a ticket machine. It is a touch screen so push the Union Jack for English. The ticket machines will know where you are departing from and there is an express train to Rome.
Many people have made this mistake, the train is fast and still takes around 30 minutes to get to Rome. Buy your self a Birra Moretti with the money you just saved.
Leonardo da Vinci airport is only 32 km from the centre of Rome and is easily reached by taking the Rome-Fiumicino motorway .
I would suggest you to use only authorised taxis (white vehicles with a taximeter) that are available in the arrivals areas of the terminals
The fares are as follows: fixed starting rate € 2.33 plus rate 1, urban rates, or rate 2, extra urban rates (outside the G.R.A. the City Ring Road). Supplements are requested for luggage, night-time runs and public holidays.
- SPECIAL TRAIN LEONARDO EXPRESS
Ticket price € 8.80
The “Leonardo Express” train leaves from Roma Termini station every 30 minutes, each day, from 05.52 to 22.52. The train makes no mid-journey stops.
The “Leonardo Express” train leaves from Fiumicino Airport station every 30 minutes, each day, from 06.37 to 23.37. The train makes no mid-journey stops.
The Leonardo Express departs from Termini in Rome for Fiumicino Airport every 30 minutes and the journey takes 30 minutes. Likewise, trains depart from Fiumicino for Rome every 30 minutes. A single ticket costs 8.50 euros. This is the most economical way of getting to Fiumicino Airport which would otherwise cost 40 euros in a taxi.
However, please give ample time to get to the platform. The Leonardo Express departs from platform 25 which is a good 10 minute walk from the main entrance of Termini Station. I have seen so many travellers running for their lives with their luggage to the platform.